Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Do you know the origin of the term "bridal?"

Hello, friends. As some of you know, my husband Don brews his own beer at home. (He is very good at it, too, as my ever-expanding waistline can attest). He was reading from one of his homebrewing books last night and found some interesting information:

"In days of yore, when brewing was done almost solely by women, a young bride would commemorate her wedding day by brewing a "bride ale" (from which we get the modern term "bridal"). The ale was then sold to increase the bride's dowry."

Source: The Homebrewer's Recipe Guide, by Patrick Higgins, Maura Kate Kilgore, Paul Hertlein. Published by Simon & Schuster, 1996. Pages. 20-21.

Is this fascinating or what? I love stuff like that.

So here is a picture of what is on the loom right now -- over 10 yards of dish towels that will be given as gifts this year! Weaving is a very physical activity. I think I'll weigh the fabric after it is washed just to see what is there out of curiosity.

We are celebrating my oldest son's 14th birthday today. We had Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Yum. A big, celebratory dinner is in the works for this evening, and then, probably, a big action flick, like Transformers or GI Joe.
Be well & have a blessed Thanksgiving, Kate :)


jill said...

That's such a fun fact, thanks for sharing!!

Mikiye Creations said...

Who Knew??!!!

Amazing! You looming genius!

AmoreBride said...

I love origination stories, and this fact you posted is perfect! Your weaving loom is cool, too.
Michele in Michigan